Tuesday 1 February 2022


Lionel Shriver

Author and journalist

Challenges and opportunities

Weaving in a host of contemporary issues, from Brexit and mass migration to the coronavirus and longevity, Shriver joins us to address a broad range of contemporary issues. Her recent novel, Should We Stay or Should We Go, addresses serious themes – the compromises of longevity, the challenge of living a long life and still going out in style – with an uncannily light touch.

Lionel Shriver

Lionel is an award-winning American author and journalist. Her first novel, The Female of the Species, was published in 1987. It was followed by another six novels before her rise to the fame with We Need to Talk About Kevin (2003), which won the Orange Prize in 2005. It was adapted as a film in 2011, starring Tilda Swinton. Shriver has since written eight novels, of which the most recent, Should We Stay or Should We Go, was published in June 2021.

She studied at Barnard College, Columbia University, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree. She has lived in Nairobi, Bangkok and Belfast and currently resides in London. Her journalistic work includes contributions to the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Economist, the Guardian and the Spectator.

‘I think Shriver’s novels are wonderful… fun, smart and, perhaps because of their author’s unconventional political views, unlike anything else you’ll read’

Financial Times review of Shall We Stay or Shall We Go